When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path by Catherine Wilson

When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior's Path

By Catherine Wilson

  • Release Date: 2010-01-11
  • Genre: Gay
Score: 4.5
From 305 Ratings
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Winner, 2010 EPIC Ebook Award for fiction in the Mainstream category.

"Breathtakingly gorgeous writing … a multi-layered tale of such depth, breadth and insight that it was very nearly a spiritual experience…"
--from a review by T. T. Thomas on Amazon.com

"…reminds me of Le Guin, of Cecelia Holland, and something of Rosemary Sutcliff… It made me feel as I did when I was a child reading authors like those… Once again I was in a magical place…"
--from a review by Charles Ferguson on Amazon.com

"…there’s no ring of power or glowing sword of specialness; the magic, like the tone of the book, is quiet. It feels real."
--from a blog review on livejournal

When she was a child, the author of When Women Were Warriors happily identified with all the male heroes she read about in stories that began, "Once upon a time, a young man went out to seek his fortune." But she would have been delighted to discover even one story like that with a female protagonist. Since she never did find the story she was looking for all those years ago, she decided to write it.

In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras.

"…Both men and women of all persuasions seem to love these books... Very rare. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!"
--from a review by T. T. Thomas on Amazon.com

"Think Beowulf--only comprehensible and with girls."
--from a review on the blog, The Rainbow Reader, by Baxter Clare Trautman, author of The River Within


  • Caught me off guard!!

    By ShesImpeccable
    I'm a flight attendant and just wanted something to pass the time; I liked the title so I was in... After I started reading I realized that my flight was NOT long enough! Lol still finished it same day! And currently about to buy the second one!
  • Awesome series

    By Whiskey Nachos
    I burned through this series in just a few days. Memorable characters, excellent plot, and twists I enjoyed and didn't see coming. How is this is in the "gay" category? It's clearly fiction, with swords and a little bit of magic.
  • Tedious to read

    By DebMetz
    I only made it about 10 pages in and lost interest. Author tries too hard in the wording and misses the excitement and wonder of telling a story -in my opinion
  • Wonderful

    By What z joke!!
    Loved it. Not just the plot, but the length too! Much longer than books I've been reading and gave me a chance to fall in love with the characters, and really LOVE every part of the book! Looking forward to the next one!!!
  • Misleading

    By Lady Vols, NCAA Champions
    This was not a book about warrior women. It was more about teaching young girls how to be a satisfying lesbian. I was looking forward to reading about the true strengths of women and was woefully disappointed. There were many teaching lessons applicable to all people, male or female, which was the reason I gave it a two star. I do wish someone would write a book about female warriors of the Amazon lore. Oh, how I would look forward to that novel.
  • Good read

    By Bourbon_face
    Full of quiet wisdom. Lovely book... Finished it and immediately proceeded to the next one.
  • When Women Were Warriors, book 1

    By Jeridenn
    Excellently written. Great storytelling with deeper messages if you read between the lines. She keeps you wanting to read more as she weaves the history of an imaginary land and their cultures. The characters come to life through their conversations, interactions and experiences. I Highly recommend this!
  • When women were warriors

    By Ersta816
    Wonderful engrossing story.
  • When Women were warriors book 1

    By Marti51603
    Great book